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Some GAME OF THRONES Audition Tapes

Sep 7, 2014

Thought we’d throw something fun up today. It is prompted by recently discovering Rory McCann’s audition for Sandor Clegane, better known as The Hound, on Youtube. So why not offer up some...

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Boardwalk Empire

Boardwalk Empire: “The Good Listener”

Sep 15, 2014

Everyone has the ability to hear (well, mostly everyone). But can everyone truly listen to what another person is saying? Can you read between the lines? Can you tell when someone is telling...

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The Knick

The Knick: “Where’s the Dignity?”

Sep 9, 2014

People’s pasts and futures are colliding in this episode. We see the backstory of many characters, some surprising, others, not so much. One thing’s for certain: the daily events at the...

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New Movies

Movie Review: Dallas Buyers Club

Sep 11, 2014

Matthew McConaughey revitalized his career around 2012, and what a revitalization is has been. With his film Mud and HBO’s own True Detective, it appears the years of Matt doing crappy...

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Latest HBO News

Official Game of Thrones S3 Poster Released

Official Game of Thrones S3 Poster Released

James Hibberd from EW.com got the scoop – as he usually does – and supplied Game of Thrones fans with the first official poster for Season Three. Here it is: So, what are my thoughts on this year’s poster? Well, it’s pretty, uh, meh, to put it lightly. In reality, I’m actually very disappointed! Did HBO spend all it’s money on production? Is there nothing left to make a decent poster for Season Three? I guess so, cause this poster is in direwolf need of a makeover. I find it extremely boring and uninteresting. Sure, dragons are completely badass, but it’s just a shadow. Show me a REAL dragon and I...

Constance Zimmer (Entourage) Joins The Newsroom

Constance Zimmer (Entourage) Joins The Newsroom

With all of the faces running around HBO’s Newsroom you’re probably having trouble keeping all of their names straight at this point.  Well we’re here to make your job a little tougher this morning   Deadline is reporting that Cosntance Zimmer, probably best known to HBO fans as Ari Gold’s sometimes hookup Dana Gordon, will be joining Will McAvoy for Season 2 of The Newsroom. The sophomore season of Newsroom is said to cover the 2012 presidential election and Zimmer will play Taylor, a press spokesperson for the Mitt Romney campaign.  She also dives into politics on Netflix’ new series House of...

First Full Game of Thrones Season 3 Trailer

First Full Game of Thrones Season 3 Trailer

UPDATE III: Here it is the FULL TRAILER!: UPDATE II: HBO released this TEASER for the TEASER: Are you teased or what? UPDATE:  HBO just issued this press release: New York, N.Y., February 21, 2013 – The Season 3 trailer of HBO’s Game of Thrones makes its exclusive world premiere on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC) on Friday, February 22nd.  A big fan of the series, Kimmel kicks off the countdown to the new season premiere on Sunday, March 31 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on HBO, with the all-new 60-second trailer that will offer a first look at the action and treachery that continues in the visually stunning series that has become a...

HBO’s True Detective: The Cast So Far

HBO’s True Detective: The Cast So Far

News has been breaking regularly about HBO’s new crime series: True Detective.  The show will most likely enter production soon and fans of The Wire in particular are waiting on pins and needles for the latest tidbits because the show looks to bring HBO back to the contemporary crime underworld.  While series plot details are thin we are privy to a most of the main cast members at this point. Here are the True Detective cast members that we can confirm so far: Matthew McConaughey (Rust Cohle)  Woody Harrelson (Martin Hart)  Michelle Monaghan (Maggie) Kevin Dunn (Maj. Quesada) Tory...

Game of Thrones: Deleted Scenes Fuel Fandom Frustration

Game of Thrones: Deleted Scenes Fuel Fandom Frustration

The recent reveal of the four deleted scenes which were among the “Dragon Eggs” hidden within the Game of Thrones Season 2 Blu-ray box set has sparked controversy within the fandom. The general outcry is one of frustration, as diehard fans of George R.R. Martin’s series of novels wonder why these scenes featuring characters from the books were left out, only to be replaced by scenes original to the HBO series, or featuring characters who had minor, or nonexistent [read: the vile and ubiquitous Ros], roles in the novels. Another faction of the fandom, however, finds the deleted scenes to be poorly written and badly acted, giving them...

This Just In: HBO Films: Making PHIL SPECTOR

This Just In: HBO Films: Making  PHIL SPECTOR

I know and HBO knows that many of you may not know who Phil Spector is besides the subject of the upcoming HBO Film. Some may have followed his trial on the news; some may be old enough to know what influence he had on the music industry, regardless of your knowledge level now you will learn much about him in the upcoming HBO Film: PHIL SPECTOR starring Al Pacino and Helen Mirren. To help start that lesson and to draw you in deeper into the story here is a just released clip that is quite intriguing.   Once again, remember the date – HBO Films: PHIL SPECTOR premieres Sunday, March 24th at 9:00pm ET. Have you heard of him before? Are...

News Roundup: HBO Passes on CRIMINAL JUSTICE and More

News Roundup: HBO Passes on CRIMINAL JUSTICE and More

CRIMINAL JUSTICE, a potential crime drama series that HBOWatch has been tracking, did not make the cut this week. Upon review of its completed pilot HBO has passed on James Gandolfini’s attempt to return to the premium cable network that brought us THE SOPRANOS. It was a New York-set drama which tracked a person on trial for murder through the court process, and revolved around a guy who wakes up after a night of partying with a stranger to find her stabbed to death and is charged with her murder. Gandolfini would have starred as Jack Stone, a downtrodden jailhouse attorney who frequents police stations to drum up clients. Each season...

Clues and Details on Hidden “Dragon Eggs” in Game of Thrones S2 Blu-ray

Clues and Details on Hidden “Dragon Eggs” in Game of Thrones S2 Blu-ray

Game of Thrones Season 2 on Blu-ray officially hits stores today. We received our copy of the set last week and gave it an excellent review. While most are clamoring to re-watch all their favorite scenes from last season, others will be keen to start hunting for those illusive “Dragon Eggs”. Included in these hidden gems are 4 deleted scenes from Season Two. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until I had a free weekend to hunt, scour, and sift through the hours of content that I finally found the dragon eggs myself. And I still didn’t find all of them. For those of you just dying to see the exclusive content, Buzzfeed.com has...

Game of Thrones Exhibition Transports Fans to the World of Westeros (2013)

Game of Thrones Exhibition Transports Fans to the World of Westeros (2013)

New York,N.Y., February 19, 2013 – One of the most popular fantasy television series – HBO’s Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning Game of Thrones – will come alive for fans in an immersive, not-to-be-missed touring exhibition that will transport viewers into the breathtaking and enchanted world of Westeros. Based on George R.R. Martin’s best-selling books, Game of Thrones is an intricate and visually stunning epic series that has captured the imagination of fans globally with its striking characters that live in a world whose summers and winters can last years. The traveling exhibit, the first of its kind by HBO, has been created to...

Staten Island Residents Unimpressed by ‘Girls’

Staten Island Residents Unimpressed by ‘Girls’

On the latest episode of HBO’s girls Adam and Ray are forced to hop on a ferry and head over to Staten Island to return a stolen dog (it’s a long story, as always).  Ray, one of the Girls’ boys who is almost always in a foul mood, ends up dropping some derogatory (yet admittedly quite funny) statements about Staten Island and its residents.  Ken Paulsen of silive.com lays most of them out here: Staten Island dog owner is crazy: Adam stole the dog because a man — who turned out to be from Staten Island — left the dog leashed outside a coffee shop after yelling at him. “This guy’s intense,”...

HBO Documentary Review: BEYONCE: LIFE IS BUT A DREAM

HBO Documentary Review: BEYONCE: LIFE IS BUT A DREAM

Overview: It seems that quite a bit went into the creation of this precedential documentary. First, it was created, produced and co-directed by Beyonce Knowles herself. It is comprised of home movies, concert footage and raw footage from her laptop.  It also contains thousands of hours of private footage, compiled by a “visual director” Beyoncé employs who has shot practically her every waking moment, up to sixteen hours a day, since 2005. It is edited together into a 90-minute film which was pitched as “intimate,” and “revealing,” with “unprecedented access.” It proves to be an extraordinary film in that respect....

Another Capone Coming to BOARDWALK EMPIRE Season 4

Another Capone Coming to BOARDWALK EMPIRE Season 4

Actor Domenick Lombardozzi comes back to HBO in a big way. He has just been cast in a recurring role in Season Four of BOARDWALK EMPIRE as Ralph Capone. This is not a fabricated character for dramatic device either. Ralph Capone was the older brother of Al, played in the show by Stephen Graham, and was a gangster in his own right. Ralph was placed in charge of the Chicago Outfit’s bottling plants during Prohibition. The Outfit was attempting to monopolize non-alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, like ginger ale and soda water which were commonly used in mixed drinks. Though successful in his business he was never a great as his younger...

TRUE DETECTIVE Adds to Cast Again

TRUE DETECTIVE Adds to Cast Again

It almost seems weekly that someone else is getting added to the cast of TRUE DETECTIVE. Added to the roster this time around is Kevin Dunn. I’ll fill you when on his character in a second but first, a quick refresh. The eight- episode drama series, written by Nic Pizzolatto  & directed by Cary Fukunaga, is an anthology series looking at a different detective duo each season as they work through a major crime.  This prior post from 05.12 offers more details. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson play the detectives Cohle & Hart in the premiere season and Kevin Dunn personifies the character of the fair but tough 3rd Squad...

Dustin Hoffman Talks LUCK

Dustin Hoffman Talks LUCK

HBO’s LUCK has come and gone. The series, as everyone knows here, was cancelled after one season after the death of horses occurred on more than one occasion and later animal cruelty charges were made. Many involved in the series stayed silent and let the chips fall as they may. One such performer was Dustin Hoffman who played Chester ”Ace” Bernstein. Finally, to a number of media outlets but mainly Fox News, Mr. Hoffman has had brief comments when asked about the series. He said – ”They closed us down like a guillotine. The facts were so distorted that it frightened HBO into making that hasty decision. It really was a freak...

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